Mosaic conf. focuses on music, worship

CONWAY – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will offer a two-day training and enrichment conference called Mosaic to help churches with their music and worship ministry. The conference will be held July 31-Aug. 1 at Central Baptist Church in Conway.

The conference will consist of several components that help make up the music and worship ministry of the local church. Participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions that will cover topics about music and worship. Some of the topics include creating a flow in worship, leading effective choir rehearsals, leading children’s choirs and strengthening one’s worship band. The conference is not limited to just worship leaders. Sound technology and visual technology sessions will also be available.

Leaders for the conference will be a mix of local in-state leaders and out-of-state leaders. Out-of-state leaders include Mike Harland, of LifeWay Worship, and Amanda Singer, of LifeWay Christian Resources’ Children’s Worship Series.

“Mosaic is the perfect opportunity for those who serve in the area of music and worship ministry in your church to sharpen their skills and be challenged with excellence. Mike Harland is one of the best communicators and encouragers for worship leaders,” said Larry Grayson, ABSC church health team member.

Grayson went on to say that the event is a great opportunity through which one can be involved with experts in the areas of children’s worship, sound technology, multitracks, worship bands, choir rehearsals, flow in worship and Planning Center and ProPresenter programs.

For more information and to register, visit absc.org/music.


Youth Evangelism Conf. Aug. 7-8

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will offer the Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) for all students entering 6th through 12th grades and their leaders. The event will be held Aug. 7-8 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.

The conference will help participants learn how to share the gospel,
inspire students to be on mission with the gospel and equip them to live this out in their everyday lives. This year, there will be three breakout sessions for adult workers. These breakout sessions will give in-depth training to participants and will give great tools for maintaining an intentionally evangelistic student ministry.

“This is a great back-toschool event in August to prepare students for their mission field. One of the highlights will be that students will have the opportunity to participate in a special prayer time for revival and spiritual awakening, much like the prayer meetings that are happening in our convention,” said Warren Gasaway, ABSC church health team member.

This year’s speaker will be evangelist Clayton King, and worship will be led by the Cross Church Worship Band from northwest Arkansas and the Rhett Walker Band. For more information and to register, visit yecarkansas.com. Registration deadline is Aug. 1.


More than 500 participated in VBS training

More than 500 participants representing 107 Arkansas Baptist churches took part in training for LifeWay Christian Resources’ Journey Off the Map vacation Bible school. The training, which was made possible by the Cooperative Program and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, was hosted at First Baptist Church in Lowell, Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro and Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock.


ABSC hosts disaster relief conference

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) hosted region three disaster relief directors and their associates at a disaster relief conference April 20-21, during which they discussed current issues, policy and procedures affecting the ministry.

“This is the second time we have hosted the Region Three Directors’ Conference. At the last meeting, all the directors were very impressed with our ABSC facilities and wanted to return,” said Randy Garrett, ABSC disaster relief director.

Southern Baptist disaster relief is organized into regions. Arkansas falls into region three with Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and Texas Baptist Men. Region three is represented by Terry Henderson, disaster relief director of Texas Baptist Men.

Garrett said region three works together to strive to continue to be a pace-setter in the fast-paced disaster relief community.

“When disaster strikes, region three is often on the forefront with our incident management team being first to respond,” Garrett said.

He explained that honoring the Lord through ministering to hurting people is the heart of disaster relief. He said when life gets really hard, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers bring “help, healing and hope.”


Gaines to pastors: ‘Serve your community’

Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., shared with more than 100 pastors during a luncheon and workshop at the close of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2015 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth at First Baptist Church in Sherwood Jan. 27.

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

SHERWOOD – “A lot of your people want to go on a mission trip, but they are never told they live on a mission field.”

That was the message Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., shared with more than 100 pastors during a luncheon and workshop at the close of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention 2015 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth at First Baptist Church in Sherwood Jan. 27.

Gaines, who came to Bellevue Baptist following the tenure of longtime Pastor Adrian Rogers, told pastors, “You need to be able to tell people about Jesus at home before you go on a mission trip.”

GainesHe said since becoming the church’s pastor, he has led Bellevue to intentionally reach out to its community, as well as Memphis and the surrounding region. Gaines said activities of the church have been carried out through its Bellevue Loves Memphis program and funded in part through the church’s annual love offering, which was started when the church was located in Midtown Memphis by then Pastor R.G. Lee.

Gaines said included in the church’s activities is a quarterly work day, prison ministry and a host of other community-focused outreach events all designed to reach people for Jesus – whether or not they ever darken the door of the church.
“I want to be like the first responders that ran into those building at 9/11,” said Gaines, adding that social ministry and evangelism are a “marriage made in heaven” for the local church in the 21st century.

One of the activities Bellevue has undertaken is cleaning and repairing city schools, he said, adding that “community renewal” leads to renewing lives and reaching people for Jesus.

“Forget separation of church and state,” he said, pointing to the welcome the church received during its initiative to assist city schools.

It is important for churches to practice “intentional hospitality,” said Gaines, adding the church should be quick in “welcoming everyone who walks through the door.”

Gaines said that he initially received some criticism regarding the community outreach strategy, adding it was a tough period for him.

“You’ll lose some people, but you’ll gain more than you lose,” he said, adding later in his talk, “Not everyone was exuberant about it when it started, (but) we worked with the ones who were.”

Gaines emphasized to pastors that community ministry doesn’t require a lot of money, just willing and committed volunteers.
“Don’t let the money thing prevent you from getting involved,” he said, adding that the money will come as the church serves.

Contact Tim Yarbrough at tim@arkansasbaptist.org.